Memphis the Musical

Memphis at the Shaftesbury Theatre starring Beverley Knight

Shaftesbury Theatre, London

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Beverley Knight stars in hit Broadway musical Memphis at the Shaftesbury Theatre

Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards including for Best Musical, the smash-hit show Memphis is now playing at London’s Shaftesbury Theatre.

Memphis stars Britain’s Queen of Soul Beverley Knight (The Bodyguard) and hot X-Factor star Matt Cardle.

This sizzling hot show is set in 1950’s Memphis Tennessee and inspired by real events.

Memphis The Musical features explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love…. plus some seriously roof-raising rock ‘n’ roll!

The show has a Tony-winning book by Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change) and a Grammy Award-winning original score by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan.

Memphis features direction by Christopher Ashley, choreography by Sergio Trujillo, design by David Gallo, costume Design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley and sound design by Gareth Owen.

Memphis is currently playing until 31 October 2015 at the Shaftesbury Theatre.

THE STORY

Inspired by true events from the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, Memphis follows the rise to fame of a radio DJ (Matt Cardle) who wants to change the world, and the nightclub singer set for stardom (Beverley Knight) that he falls in love with.

CAST

The Memphis cast is led by multi award-winning recording artist and recent star of The Bodyguard, Beverley Knight, as club singer Felicia Farrell, alongside acclaimed X-Factor star Matt Cardle as radio DJ Huey Calhoun.

The hugely talented cast also include Rolan Bell as Delray, Tyrone Huntley as Gator, Claire Machin as Gladys, Jason Pennycooke as Bobby and Mark Roper as Mr. Simmons. Other cast include Keisha Atwell, Arielle Campbell, Mark Carroll, Joseph Davenport, Momar Diagne, Carly Mercedes Dyer, Kimmy Edwards, Hillary Elk, Laura Ellis, Charlotte Gorton, Benjamin Harrold, Waylon Jacobs, Rachel John, Dean Maynard, Devon McKenzie-Smith, Tim Newman, Simon Ray-Harvey, Jon Robyns, Ashley Rumble, Kyle Seeley, Helen Siveter, Dawnita Smith and Alex Thomas.

REVIEWS

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “Hold on to your hats” Daily Mail
“Memphis rocks with heart and soul” Metro
★ ★ ★ ★ “A rousing spectacle where audiences will feast their eyes on the dancers and ears on the singing… Beverley Knight is sensational!” Evening Standard
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “The West End’s hottest new musical.” Digital Spy
★ ★ ★ ★ “Some of the most thrilling vocal work you’ll find on the London stage in its roof-raising evocation of the birth of rock’n’ roll” Daily Telegraph
★ ★ ★ ★ “BEVERLEY KNIGHT combines charisma and power alongside a Sinatra-like Killian Donnelley in this exciting take on a key moment in pop history” The Guardian
★ ★ ★ ★ “The dancing is audaciously good” The Observer
★ ★ ★ ★ The Stage


Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 1 January 1970

Show Photos


Important Notes

Beverley Knight is confirmed to be performing until October 2015 but does not appear at all performances. Beverley is NOT scheduled to perform: 17 - 18 July 2015, 3-5 August, 8, 15-24 and 28 September and 2 October 2015 as well as all Monday evening and Wednesday matinee performances.

Beverley Knight will be performing on the following Monday Nights: 6, 13 and 27 July 2015 and 10, 17, 24 and 31 August 2015

Beverley Knight's Last Performance will be on the Evening of Saturday 17th October 2015.

Age Restrictions: 11+

Matt Cardle is not scheduled to perform at any Wednesday matinees performances.

The producers of Memphis cannot guarantee the appearance of any particular artists, which is always subject to illness and holidays.




Venue Information

Shaftesbury Theatre, 210 Shaftesbury Avenue, Covent Garden, WC2H 8DP
Nearest Tube or Train: Holborn (Central line, Piccadilly line), Tottenham Court Road (Central line, Northern line), Covent Garden (Piccadilly line)
Nearest Buses: 8, 10, 14, 19, 22A, 22B, 24, 25, 29, 38, 40, 55, 73, 134, 176
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Matt Cardle joins the cast of Memphis
X Factor's Matt Cardle joins the cast of Memphis The Musical [caption id="attachment_37189" align="alignright" width="240"] Beverley Knight & Matt Cardle[/caption] Multi-platinum selling recording artist and songwriter Matt Cardle, who rose to fame winning the seventh series of ITVs The X Factor, joins the cast of Memphis The Musical at London's Shaftesbury Theatre from 6 July 2015.  Matt takes over the lead role of DJ Huey Calhoun, currently played by Killian Donnelly who is leaving to star in Kinky Boots The Musical at the Adelphi theatre. Matt will join Queen of British Soul, Beverley Knight,  who extends her run as club singer Felicia Farrel in the award-winning Best Musical Memphis The Muscial through October 2015. Matt Cardle says: “I’m thrilled to be making my acting and West End debut in Memphis. From the first time I saw the show I felt I had a real connection with the character of Huey. It’s no secret that I worked for many years before my breakthrough as a musician. I started my first band when I was 12 years old and spent at least 15 years recording albums and sending demos to record companies before finally having my voice heard. It was the united love from family and friends, similar to that at the heart of the Memphis story, that saw me through. I am truly honoured to be sharing the stage with the incredible Beverley Knight, I’ve admired her work for such a long time and can’t wait to get started in the show”. Beverley Knight says: "I can’t wait to continue my Memphis journey into the autumn with Matt - who will be a fantastic addition to our Memphis family. We all know he has a "fantastical" voice; I think many will be wonderfully surprised by his ability on stage. We are all going to miss Killian when he leaves but his last few weeks will be party time at the show! Bring it all on! Hockadoo!" Inspired by true events from the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, Memphis The Musical follows the fame and forbidden love of a radio DJ who wants to change the world and a club singer who is ready for her big break. BOOK Book tickets to Memphis The Musical
Reviews of Memphis The Musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre starring Beverley Knight
A reviews round-up of Memphis The Musical starring Beverley Knight at the Shaftesbury Theatre [caption id="" align="alignright" width="240"] Beverley Knight and Killian Donnelly in Memphis[/caption] The critics have reviewed Memphis The Musical - and it's a smash hit! The show's two leads in particular - Beverley Knight as club singer Felicia Farrell and Killian Donnelly as radio DJ Huey Calhoun -  are singled out for praise in the reviews. The Tony Award-winning show also includes some strong cast support including Rolan Bell as Delray, Tyrone Huntley as Gator, Claire Machin as Gladys, Jason Pennycooke as Bobby and Mark Roper as Mr. Simmons. Memphis has a Grammy Award-winning original score by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan and book by Joe DiPietro and is inspired by true events from the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, following the fame and forbidden love of a radio DJ who wants to change the world and a club singer who is ready for her big break. What We Thought We absolutely loved Memphis -  as did the audience on the preview performance we saw. Every single element of the show nails it completely – including the incredible performances (and that goes for the ensemble as well as the leads), and the slick staging and choreography… you don’t often see a cast of this size and at the level they are performing. The songs are like classics you are hearing for the first time – which is quite something given the volume of jukebox shows at the moment. Surely to God it is going to win awards and run for years. If they can keep up the quality of the performances and the incredible energy then it deserves to. BOOK Book tickets to Memphis The Musical starring Beverley Knight at the Shaftesbury Theatre
Photos: Memphis rehearsal photos featuring Beverley Knight
Photo First Look of rehearsals for Memphis The Musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre starring Beverley Knight. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="240"] Rehearsals for Memphis The Musical. Photo: Helen Maybanks[/caption] Rehearsals are now underway for big new autumn musical MEMPHIS. Coming to the Shaftesbury Theatre from 9 October 2014, the show sees the return to the West End of multi award-winning recording artist Beverley Knight, following her smash-hit performance in The Bodyguard. Knight plays club singer Felicia Farrell in the show, alongside stage star Killian Donnelly as radio DJ Huey Calhoun. Winner of four Tony Awards on Broadway including Best Musical, MEMPHIS has a Grammy Award-winning original score by Bon Jovi founder David Bryan and a book by Joe DiPietro. Other cast in the show include Rolan Bell as Delray, Tyrone Huntley as Gator, Claire Machin as Gladys, Jason Pennycooke as Bobby and Mark Roper as Mr. Simmons, alongside Keisha Atwell, Arielle Campbell, Mark Carroll, Joseph Davenport, Momar Diagne, Carly Mercedes Dyer, Kimmy Edwards, Hillary Elk, Laura Ellis, Charlotte Gorton, Benjamin Harrold, Waylon Jacobs, Rachel John, Dean Maynard, Devon McKenzie-Smith, Tim Newman, Simon Ray-Harvey, Jon Robyns, Ashley Rumble, Kyle Seeley, Helen Siveter, Dawnita Smith, and Alex Thomas. The show is inspired by true events from the Memphis underground dance clubs of the 1950's and charts the fame and forbidden love of a radio DJ and a club singer. The show is directed by Christopher Ashley, with choreography by Sergio Trujillo. [ngg src="galleries" ids="345" display="basic_imagebrowser"] Photos by Helen Maybanks
Memphis The Musical: More cast announced including Killian Donnelly
Further casting has been announced for Memphis The Musical, coming to the Shaftesbury Theatre starring Beverley Knight. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="240"] Beverley Knight and Killian Donnelly at the press launch of Memphis The Musical[/caption] Producers of Memphis The Musical - coming to the Shaftesbury Theatre this autumn (from 9 October 2014) - have released further casting information. Already announced is the lead of the show, Queen of British Soul music Beverley Knight, who recently starred in The Bodyguard at the Adelphi Theatre and will play Felicia Farrell in Memphis The Musical. Joining Beverley in the show will be Killian Donnelly as radio DJ Huey Calhoun, Rolan Bell as Delray, Tyrone Huntley as Gator, Claire Machin as Gladys, Jason Pennycooke as Bobby and Mark Roper as Mr. Simmons. Other cast include Keisha Atwell, Arielle Campbell, Mark Carroll, Joseph Davenport, Momar Diagne, Carly Mercedes Dyer, Kimmy Edwards, Hillary Elk, Laura Ellis, Charlotte Gorton, Benjamin Harrold, Waylon Jacobs, Rachel John, Dean Maynard, Devon McKenzie-Smith, Tim Newman, Simon Ray-Harvey, Jon Robyns, Ashley Rumble, Kyle Seeley, Helen Siveter, Dawnita Smith and Alex Thomas. Killian Donnelly is originally from Ireland and has played extensively in the West End including ‘Raoul’ in The Phantom of the Opera, ‘Enjolras’ in Les Misérables, ‘Tony’ in Billy Elliot the Musical and ‘Deco in Roddy Doyle’s The Commitments. Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Memphis has an award-winning original score by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan and book by Joe DiPietro. The show will be directed by Christopher Ashley, with Choreography by Sergio Trujillo. BOOK Book tickets to Memphis at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London

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1 thought on “Memphis at the Shaftesbury Theatre starring Beverley Knight”

  1. All ready got the time of work for it im seriously
    Exsited about this you have no idea I’m
    A mega david bryan fan

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